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WPA’s Weekly Political Brief

As part of our continuing effort to keep our clients and friends up-to-date on the political environment as we head toward Election Day, 2012, every Friday WPA compiles the key numbers from the week and provides analysis of key trends.

In addition to the key political numbers, this week’s analysis includes:

  • Immediate reactions following the first Presidential debate
  • The impact of the Presidential debate in swing states
  • How voters view the election as a referendum on the candidates
  • Oil Production in the United States reaching a 15-year high

The key take aways for this week:

  • Following the first Presidential Debate, which was the most watched political event thus far, it was apparent that Mitt Romney emerged victorious and made impressions on voters (pg. 11-13).
    • Romney was considered the stronger candidate on a number of issues, including the economy, taxes and healthcare.
    • 67% of voters felt that Romney won the debate, the highest percentage for a Presidential candidate since the question was first asked by CNN/ORC in 1984.
    • In three key swing states (OH, VA, FL), early polling numbers after the debate show Mitt Romney gaining ground on President Obama
  • Rasmussen Reports recently asked voters whether the current election was a referendum on the agendas of Mitt Romney or President Obama (pg. 14).
    • A majority Republicans, Democrats and Americans feel as though this election is a referendum on the policies of President Obama instead of Mitt Romney.
  • The United States reached a 15-year high in oil production in September, but a vast majority of the oil and natural gas in production is coming from state and private lands (pg. 15).
    • While there have been increases in oil and natural gas production from state and private lands, federal land usage dropped 11% for oil and 6% for natural gas in the fiscal year 2010-2011.
 

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